Well, we all won't have to wait very long to watch our Bears take the court again. CBS and the selection committee made us wait it out before handing the Bears an extra game in Dayton, Ohio against the South Florida Bulls. If the Bears emerge with a win they'll face the 5 seed Temple Owls on Friday in Nashville, Tennessee. 4 seed Michigan and 13 seed Ohio potentially await in the round of 32.
That means a 6:00 pm PT tip off on Wednesday night and the prospect of playing three games in six days. But that's looking pretty far ahead. For now, the focus has to be on USF. The Bulls didn't have the best non-conference performance, but they recovered to go 10-6 in the always tough Big East. Their schedule (like Cal's) lacks many marquee wins but they've generally beaten the teams they should beat. They play great defense but struggle to score. We'll have lots more on South Florida starting tomorrow.
It's tough to complain - Cal put themselves in a tough spot by failing to take care of business down the stretch. Getting placed in the first four is a tough pill to swallow. Still, Cal is the only Pac-12 school to be selected as an at-large, and it's certainly miles better than the NIT. Jorge and Harper will get the chance to cap their Cal careers in the Big Dance, which is exactly how it should be. Go Bears!